Music Education Services
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 Music Education Services
1041 Bonaventure Drive
Elk Grove Village, IL

Fax 847-805-1900 

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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.  

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All students need to work on their scales, book assignments and sheet music outside of band. 

Practicing is essential for continued improvement. 

All students should be practicing at least three times a week to ensure continued improvement.



Beginning Band Resources


Making the sound on your flute

Putting together the Flute

Holding the Flute


Putting the reed on the Clarinet

Making the sound on your clarinet

Putting together the Clarinet

Holding the Clarinet


Alto Sax

Putting the reed on the Alto Sax

Making the sound on your Alto Sax

Putting together the Alto Sax (watch these in order)

Holding the Alto Sax



Do NOT take the valves out.

Making the sound on the Trumpet mouthpiece (the buzz)

Holding the Trumpet


Do NOT remove the slide.

Making the sound on the Trombone mouthpiece

Putting the Trombone together and How to Hold the Trombone


Do NOT unscrew any of the bolts on the drum as this will damage the drum.

Holding the sticks (matched grip)

Putting together the percussion kit




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